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  1. BE WARNED AND BEFORE YOU MAKE A SUBSTANTIVE JOURNEY - There is very little ballet in this film - and really very little history in terms of Osipova's balletic growth. There is a small segment of with Osipova rehearsing Makarova's (Royal Ballet) Bayadere aside Muntagirov. It mostly concentrates on her modern pieces - most specifically the creation of Pita's The Mother - which takes up a lot of the time in terms of footage. This has already been broadcast on SkyArts in the UK.
  2. Congratulations to all of the deserving .... but have to confess I'm shocked that Joseph Sissens - such a stunning dancer - has NOT been promoted. Here's a film of him doing a variation for James in La Sylphide when at the Royal Ballet School - https://vimeo.com/144978625
  3. I was thrilled to be able to attend a goodly amount of the SFB season in London. I wrote the below on the British board. All I can say is that San Francisco is one lucky city. I very much enjoyed the performances (seven in total I think) I saw of the SFB while they were here. I agree about the lighting - and there is no question but that the level of the dancing was fine; VERY fine indeed. While certainly I missed Chung, Van Patten and Scheller (who I have long admired be it with NYCB or SFB), the ladies here in the London SFB company had many standouts. I adored Froustey in Snowblind. Those rich eyes have a morse code of their own. A pensive alphabet kept flashing bright in their yearning. Yan Yan Tan left me in wonder at the stealth of her elongated limbs as much as of her much appreciated longevity in no matter what work she appeared. Totally adored Dores Andres - especially when she was matched with the superlative Joseph Walsh - be it in Ratmansky's Symphony No. 9, in Scarlett's Hummingbird or - and most crucially - in Peck's Hurry Up, We're Dreaming. I saw the latter work a second time with a new cast during the Saturday afternoon matinee and it was just not the same experience. Far from it. The first cast held the focus so ably forged by by the initial community of the noted whole. The second definitely didn't. It almost struck me as a different work - knowing that, of course, at root it wasn't. The Scarlett was more but not as assured at that matinee as it had been with its first cast. Still it made me wonder if the Peck too might have been different/more focused had the choreographer himself been somewhere in the vicinity - much as Scarlett was. (I know this to be true in the latter's case as I saw him come out of a pass door just before the start of the Hummingbird matinee.) Sasha De Sola is a true spirit of joy and glistened in whatever role she was given which happily was much. Young Wona Park defines potential. I also very much enjoyed Jennifer Stahl (so affectionately ridden in the Marston) and Isabella DeVivo, a force of blissful nature. This Company too is one rich - as is our own Royal Ballet just now - in male adjuncts. (I so admired how male on male partnering at SFB became - or most assuredly has become - a matter of simple Outbound course.) Each of the SFB men were a part of a considerable and certainly notable whole. The aforementioned Joseph Walsh, the ever electrifying Ulrik Birkkjaer and our own (as already noted earlier on) hair-raising Aaron Robison each dazzled in Ratmansky's Chamber Symphony as the very spirit of Shostakovitch. Surely this has to be one of the finest dramatic works created for a senior male dancer in the first quarter of this century. Each man here mentioned honoured it exceptionally. Luke Ingham and Vitor Luiz (who has guested with ENB) both showed themselves masters of the art of partnering. For me there were three outstanding dancers in the younger contingent: the truly remarkable Angelo Greco who managed to hypnotise but never blur in everything he took on; Lonnie Weeks, who is a genius of soulful bounty. His closing solo in Wheeldon's gloriously telling Bound To was so affectionately searing in its compassion so as to render this treatise unforgettable. The audience sat - as a whole - agog at its wallop. Benjamin Freemantle - a new SFB principal not unlike our own tower of ecstacy, Marcelino Sambe - has the capacity to make simple in the viewer's eye a string of steps which are far from being so. Theirs is a test of true brilliance. This was a wonderful gift. Thank you Helgi Tommason (as astute an SFB Artistic Director as he was a NYCB dancer) - and thank you Alistair Spaulding for making this prize possible. It literally broke my heart that the audience for your rich gifts was so undeservedly underpopulated throughout. Perhaps the time for such has passed in London. Educational failures may well have come home to roost. I don't want to actually believe that is true BUT if it IS so it saddens me even more. I want to see that balletic lexicon extended as each of these works - with the exception for me of the Pita - strove to do. That said, I felt - throughout - entirely privileged to have been proffered the luxury to attend this feast of balletic colloquy. The rapturous fruition of its elated intercourse will not only stay in but shall inform my soul for many years to come. That much I know. I certainly will do what I can to pass such memories on.
  4. Don't know if it has been mentioned elsewhere - but there was a lovely celebration of Fonteyn on Saturday night. In so many ways a special outing. Here is the line-up: THE ROYAL BALLET MARGOT FONTEYN A CELEBRATION SATURDAY 8 JUNE 2019 THE FIREBIRD THE FIREBIRD – ITZIAR MENDIZABAL IVAN TSAREVICH – NEHEMIAH KISH THE BEAUTIFUL TSAREVNA – CLAIRE CALVERT THE IMMORTAL KOSTCHEÏ – CHRISTOPHER SAUNDERS THE ENCHANTED PRINCESSES TARA-BRIGITTE BHAVNANI, MICA BRADBURY, ANNETTE BUVOLI, YUHUI CHOE, HELEN CRAWFORD, LETICIA DIAS, HANNAH GRENNELL, ISABEL LUBACH, KRISTEN MCNALLY, ROMANY PAJDAK, GINA STORM-JENSEN, LARA TURK INDIANS, KOSTCHEÏ’S WIVES, YOUTHS, KIKIMORAS, THE BOLIBOTCHKI, MONSTERS, ATTENDANTS, PAGES, CAVALIERS ARTISTS OF THE ROYAL BALLET, STUDENTS OF THE ROYAL BALLET SCHOOL INTERVAL Thomas Whitehead and Marianela Nunez in The Sleeping Beauty photo by Andrej Uspenski ROH THE SLEEPING BEAUTY THE ROSE ADAGE PRINCESS AURORA – MARIANELA NUÑEZ ENGLISH PRINCE – GARY AVIS FRENCH PRINCE – NICOL EDMONDS INDIAN PRINCE – NEHEMIAH KISH RUSSIAN PRINCE – THOMAS WHITEHEAD KING FLORESTAN – ALASTAIR MARRIOTT HIS QUEEN – CHRISTINA ARESTIS Marianela Nunez in The Sleeping Beauty photo by Andrej Uspenski ROH NOCTURNE BEATRIZ STIX-BRUNELL THE WISE VIRGINS ROMANY PAJDAK Romany Pajdakin The Wise Virgins, photo by Andrej Uspenkie ROH BIRTHDAY OFFERING VARIATION FUMI KANEKO PAS DE DEUX SARAH LAMB, RYOICHI HIRANO Sarah Lamb and Ryoichi Hirano in Birthday Offering, photo by Andrej Uspenski ROH ONDINE FRANCESCA HAYWARD, EDWARD WATSON Francesca Hayward in Ondine, photo Andrej Uspenski ROH SYLVIA MAYARA MAGRI ANNETTE BUVOLI, CLAIRE CALVERT, YUHUI CHOE, LETICIA DIAS, HANNAH GRENNELL, CHISATO KATSURA, GINA STORM-JENSEN, LARA TURK Mayara Magri in Sylvia, photo Andrej Uspenski ROH DAPHNIS AND CHLOË ANNA ROSE O’SULLIVAN, ALEXANDER CAMPBELL Alexander Campbell and Anna Rose O’Sullivan in Daphnis and Chloe, photo by Andrej Uspenski ROH ROMEO AND JULIET NATALIA OSIPOVA, DAVID HALLBERG David Hallberg and Natalia Osipova in Romeo and Juliet, photo by Andrej Uspenskie ROH FAÇADE TANGO DARCEY BUSSELL, GARY AVIS Darcey Bussell and Gary Avis in Fascade photo Andrej Uspesnski Darcey Bussell and Gary Avis, Facade photo by Andrej Uspenski ROH LE CORSAIRE YASMINE NAGHDI, VADIM MUNTAGIROV Vadim Muntagirov and Yasmine Naghdi in Le Corsaire, photo Andrej Uspenski APPARITIONS LAUREN CUTHBERTSON, MATTHEW BALL MICA BRADBURY, ANNETTE BUVOLI, ISABEL LUBACH, JULIA ROSCOE, LETICIA STOCK, GINA STORM-JENSEN, LARA TURK, YU HANG, DAVID DONNELLY, TÉO DUBREUIL, KEVIN EMERTON, TOMAS MOCK, ERICO MONTES, AIDEN O’BRIEN, FRANCISCO SERRANO, JOSEPH SISSENS Lauren Cuthbertson and Matthew Ball in Apparitions
  5. SO well deserved. I was at the mid-day matinee today. Saw two thirds of it. (I had an 11am meeting and the performance began at noon.) Thought Osipova was very (and glowingly) Judith Bliss like as Natalia Petrovna. Didn't really get Hallberg as Beliaev, though he partnered Osipova well in the last glorious PDD. He is such a strange bird. He can still hve nice line but - I don't really know how to put it - he wafts. Kaneko was stunning in the SIC 1st Movement and Matthew Ball did well in his debut opposite her. Nunez was potent in the 2nd Movement opposite Hirano who partnered well. Choe has no right (as far as I'm concerned) ... well, is simply not technically apt for the third movement - from the evidence of this afternoon you would wonder how she ever got to be a soloist - but Campbell came through nonetheless outside her determined tandem. Hayward struggled with the turns in the fourth (I begin to see why she wasn't given a Swan Lake - although she is SO ravishing in other things - like Vera in Month the other night) but Hay - Oh, my Hay - opposite her - was simply outstanding. He is so luxuriously lithe and always dramatically and musically elegant at once and the same time. The ballet, of course, is a thing of rapturous joy. Afterwards I found myself imagining when the current crop of senior principals has retired in a few years (i.e., Morera, Cuthbertson, Nunez, Osipova and Lamb having departed on the ladies side ... and Soares (already gone really), Kish (now into Character roles), Watson, McRae and Bonneli from the male contingent having moved on) .... what glories there will be. On the women's side you would/could/will??? have Naghdi, Hayward, Takada, O'Sullivan and Kaneko and (from the male perspective) Muntagirov, Ball, Sambe, Corrales, Sissens and Hay. They ALMOST wouldn't need to announce casting in far advance (although I'm sure the audience will - understandably - be braying for such). The principal team as a whole would - in such a case - be so strong as a unit it could speak proudly for itself no matter the combo. Well done, KO'H.
  6. Does anyone know where Jurgita Dronina is? I see she is not in the June NBoC casting and, sadly, is not in the ENB Cinderella at the RAH ones either. She is missed.
  7. Leah, I'm sure your nice summer dress will go down a treat
  8. I would say 'if you want to go ahead' ... but don't feel obliged. Of course it depends where you are sitting .... but even in the centre of the Grand Tier I think you might - just might - be the only ones in true evening dress - especially as the weather is said (well, according to the BBC) to be fine. If you go 'smart casual' I'm certain you will fit right in. Glyndebourne is, of course, an entirely different cup of tea nowadays
  9. Thanks so much, Leah and Olga.
  10. Thanks so, Nanushka. That is HUGELY appreciated 😉
  11. Forgive me for intruding ... but I wondered if someone could help me. I'm coming to NYC in February 2020 and wanted to spend the evenings at NYCB (of course)!!! Can someone tell me when single tickets for the NYCB's Winter 2020 season go on sale. I would like to get in on the ground floor so to speak 😉 I would be most grateful if someone could let me know. Much, much thanks.
  12. They have just FORMALLY ANNOUNCED the ROH 2019/20 season with this link: https://www.roh.org.uk/news/royal-opera-house-2019-20-season-announced Meanwhile ... published earlier:- If you flip through the calendar you will find the make-up of both the Royal Ballet and the Royal Opera seasons: https://www.roh.org.uk/events/calendar/2019/09 Full lengths are: Manon, Sleeping Beauty, Coppélia, Onegin, Swan Lake (count them 25!!!) and McGregor's The Dante Project one part of which premieres this summer in LA. NO BALANCHINE - and only a Monotones segment and Enigma Variations from Ashton. A far cry from Sarasota in that regard. May be easier to scroll down on this link and you will find all of the new opera/ballet productions for 2019/20: http://www.roh.org.uk/productions?_ga=2.139804410.835951387.1553237162-1432497339.1553237162
  13. It could be that Balanchine's Diamonds/Jewels (with Bouder incandescently brilliant in the Rubies segment) was being broadcast live on television (read exposure) - and has been picked up for download in a variety of places. Shyklarov was excellent in it ... but thought Somova was ... erm ... not.
  14. I would very much hope that the bringing in of one talented dancer from another Company - albeit one rich in the Balanchine/Robbins/Peck traditions - would not preclude talented NYCB lads on the current roster in their career path/dedicated opportunities. I'm certain that it won't ... and surely it can only enhance the overall richness of the Company as a whole. After all at NYCB it is - as these things go - a very rare occurrence to bring a member in from the outside - and they must know that.
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